In a recent interview, Alia said that her director Abhishek Varman asked her to watch ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ and that her character, Roop, in pre-partition drama ‘Kalank’ is similar to Kashaf.
“I watched a lot of old films like Mughal-E-Azam and Umrao Jaan to get an understanding of grace and body language. I had to clean my Hindi as I am speaking Urdu (in the film). Abhishek asked me to watch ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’,” Alia said in an interview to Press Trust of India.
“The character of the girl (Kashaf played by Sanam Saeed) in the show is very much how [my character] Roop will deal with the situation. She has responsibility on her shoulders so she is not always a happy person. She is vulnerable yet strong. It is difficult (to bring so many) layers – unhappy, vulnerable and strong to a character. Abhishek kept saying that I should be irritating,” she added.
Sanam Saeed responded to Alia’s comments on Twitter and said, “if this isn’t made up news, I’m tickled pink. Best wishes.”